LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) – A musical based on the meteoric
rise of British pop band The Spice Girls that was mauled by the
critics is closing six months after its premiere in London, the
show’s producer said on Thursday.
The brainchild of “Mamma Mia!” creator Judy Craymer, “Viva
Forever” was loosely based on the story of The Spice Girls, with
a wannabe girl band making the finals of a TV singing contest
resembling “The X Factor”.
LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Erotic trilogy “Fifty Shades of
Grey” helped drive print and e-book sales in Britain to record
levels in 2012 with publishers hailing figures on Wednesday as
proof that digital books are not killing the traditional market
Print and e-book sales rose 4 percent to 3.3 billion pounds
($5 billion) after slipping 2 percent in 2011, top British trade
organisation The Publishers Association said, although printed
book sales fell 1 percent and had dropped 5 percent in 2011.
LONDON (Reuters) – More women are going under the knife to achieve the kind of toned upper arms earned by the stars’ vigorous gym workouts but plastic surgeons warn the operation comes at a cost – scarring.
Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) this week showed that arm lift surgery on women has soared more than 4,400 percent in the past decade, fuelled by sleeveless fashions and a focus on well-shaped celebrities.
LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – Helen Mirren was crowned best
actress at Britain’s top theatre awards on Sunday for reprising
her Oscar-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, while a play
about a boy with autism was the night’s top winner, taking home
seven Olivier prizes.
Mirren, 67, has won stellar reviews for starring in “The
Audience”, Peter Morgan’s play about the private weekly meetings
between the queen and the 12 British prime ministers during the
six decades of her reign.
LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – From hell raisers to family
men, The Eagles have mellowed over the years and are grateful to
have survived the drugs that fuelled the sex and rock ‘n’ roll
of their early years.
In London for the British premiere of their documentary,
“History of the Eagles Part One”, the U.S. band said they looked
back now at the prolific use of drugs, particularly cocaine, in
the 1970s and see it as a snapshot of those times.
LONDON (Reuters) – For a band that thrives on taking risks, moving The Stranglers’ music from the mosh pit to the orchestra pit was an easy decision.
The fact that the punk veterans, more used to fans thrashing around to their songs, are also working on a ballet based on of one their albums just adds to the spirit of adventure.
LONDON (Reuters) – Robert Redford said on Wednesday that the future of London’s Sundance film and music festival was by no means certain, as he launched the British version of an event that aims to boost interest in independent film.
Last year was the first time that the U.S. actor-director had ventured outside the United States with a version of the Sundance Film Festival, the world’s leading independent film festival, that he set up in Park City, Utah, 35 years ago.
LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Frankfurt Opera was crowned the
world’s best opera company on Monday at the inaugural
International Opera Awards which were set up to promote opera to
a wider audience as it comes under increasing financial
The award was one of 21 prizes announced at a ceremony in
central London to kick off “The Operas”, annual awards set up by
Opera Magazine and British businessman Harry Hyman.
LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – The price of fame can be high
with an international study on Thursday finding that people who
enjoy successful entertainment or sporting careers tend to die
Researchers Richard Epstein and Catherine Epstein said the
study, based on analysing 1,000 New York Times obituaries from
2009-2011, found film, music, stage performers and sports people
died at an average age of 77.2 years.
LONDON (Reuters) – Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo returned to the London stage this week for his debut in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”, saying he has no plans to slow down with a packed schedule for the year ahead.
Domingo, 72, has spent the past three months performing Verdi in Valencia, Berlin, Vienna and New York and will sing in another six European cities in the next four months.